Why Won’t Crown Jennifer Burke Drop my Police Charges After Production Order Show I Never Made Phone Calls? by Jamie Gilcig

Why Won’t Crown Jennifer Burke Drop my Police Charges After Production Order Show I Never Made Phone Calls? by Jamie Gilcig

jg2CORNWALL Ontario – Imagine a phone ringing in the blackness of night.   You fumble for it and it’s the police.   Shaking sleep from your conscious you’re told that you’ve committed a crime.

After shaking my head clear and digesting the call from Cst. McGregor of the Cornwall Police Service that night of February 7th I was bewildered.

I had been told that I had made threatening phone calls.    It was bewildering as it had been a good day.  I had been in court and it had gone very well.  Short of getting paid in fact at that moment it really couldn’t have gone better.

It was a Friday and on Sunday we would be celebrating the fifth anniversary of CFN at the Port theatre with a free event that included a singer, a comic, running the legendary movie Blade Runner, and even free popcorn.

Yet here I was in bed starting to call my legal people.   I asked how on earth can they be warning me not to make threatening phone calls when I didn’t make any?

I went to the computer and sure enough nowadays there’s something called “spoofing”.   It’s free.  You literally can enter any phone number into a system and that number will show up when you make a call.   Mostly bill collectors use this service, but it has serious ramifications if used in some manners.  I even sent an email to the Chief of Police, Dan Parkinson, explaining that.

Sunday night after our event I was again woken up in my sleep; by the exact same Constable McGregor.  I was told that after being warned Friday not to call this person that I allegedly had done so again, and that I had to come to the police station and be formally charged.  If I didn’t come immediately they would put out a warrant for my arrest.

Again, not having made the first call; I was upset as I hadn’t made the second one; which according to the disclosure we eventually received alleged I made on the Sunday morning of our event.   This time I was also alleged to have threatened to kill the party.

More calls to my legal people.   There was nothing I could do.  I had to go in and be processed.    The day after my charge the police hastily put me in the police blotter which was picked up by media.  I was put in a cell, patted down, processed and let go to be later finger printed for the first time since I was an infant.

Cornwall, ON – Jamie Gilcig, 49 of Cornwall was arrested on February 10, 2014 and charged with criminal harassment and threats to life. It is alleged that the man repeatedly contacted a 31-year-old man by way of phone calls and e-mails despite having been warned not to. On February 9th, 2014 the man also threatened to kill the 31-year-old man during one of the calls. Police were contacted and an investigation ensued. On February 10th, 2013 the man attended police headquarters to deal with the matter. He was taken into custody, charged accordingly and later released to appear in court on March 20th, 2014.

As you can imagine this has devastated my life.   It also hasn’t helped my run for mayor of Cornwall.  When the other media announced I was running the police charges were front and centre.

The funny thing though is my phone, which the disclosure states I phoned from at distinct times and for distinct lengths of time clearly showed I never made any phone calls.   Also, my phone records also show that I never made any such calls.    I changed my phone number promptly; losing a number I’d had for over ten years and no new charges occurred after.   I’d be in breach and in jail most likely if another false complaint came in.

The police never asked for my phone or records before charging me.    Crown attorney Jennifer Burke seemed quite happy to press the case without my phone records.  In fact it was only after we asked for her to state in writing that she would not request a production order for my phone records that she agreed to put the order in.  A production order is from the court to the phone company of the records.

That production order came back categorically stating that I never made any of the phone calls in question in the disclosure.

That was nearly a month ago and she has still not dropped my case nor the conditions I’ve been forced to live under.

Clearly if I did not make the calls in question the claims of death threats clearly could not have occurred and thereby are utterly false.  To date that person has not been charged yet the police were extremely fast to not only charge me, but to put my name in the public eye.   Why was that?  After all not all names are used in the blotter and in fact not every person charged is put in the blotter either.

For example I cannot move without notifying police.  Of course I can’t come into contact with the party(s) that laid the complaint; but most damaging is I can’t disclose who they are under threat of breach.   That means these months of rumours, gossip, and smearing have essentially gone unchecked while the person that made the complaints hasn’t had a bother.  I can’t write about what happened that day only hours before police placed the first warning or what possible motivation the parties might have had in laying their claims.

The charges also caused “blood in the water” which led to other non related attacks.

The Media is up in arms over the sentencing of Canadian  journalist Mohamed Fahmy in Egypt; but there has been no support for my case here in Canada.

Do we live in Iran?  China?  Russia?  While some may not be a fan of CFN surely this kind of treatment isn’t fair dinkum?

Today is June 24, 2014.  This has gone on since February 7, 2014.   That’s a long time to tie up someone’s life for something that clearly never occurred.

And the only responses or possible resolutions can never repair the damage caused by this ordeal.   The scariest thing is that my case is not unique; and far too many innocent people are tarnished or destroyed by these types of actions.

Is this what we call justice?

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43 Comments on "Why Won’t Crown Jennifer Burke Drop my Police Charges After Production Order Show I Never Made Phone Calls? by Jamie Gilcig"

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Mary Bray
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No this is not Justice,it is Just-us mentality by Cornwall Clique Shame on Kilger!!! Nobody spoke up for Perry Dunlop either as they cruxified him.I,m so ashamed of Cornwall.They get away with it because Cornwalites do not hold them to be accountable & that,s a crying shame!

garywsamler
Member
If the municipal election in October is a sham as the last one in 2010 was where the people of Cornwall did not vote and the money left us with the worst Mayor and council in the history of Cornwall I myself may ride off to greener pastures. I love this city too much to stick around to see it being destroyed by these clique because those without money do not vote or care enough to stand up for positive change.Corruption won in the provincial election so let’s see if corruption, wasteful spending and partisan behind closed door deals or… Read more »
garywsamler
Member

Sorry Jamie my previous comment may have been off topic but I was responding to your comment where the GOOD people in our community (not those who are living out of Cornwall making all the decisions for us)do not care enough to vote or stand up to voice their disgust against all that is wrong here not to pee off those pretending they have the best interests of the people here when making decisions.

Furtz
Member

Silly question, but have you retained a proper lawyer to fight this? These are serious charges that shouldn’t be defended by a paralegal.

Hugger1
Guest

I agree with Furtz, lawyer up. With the charges not being dropped even though a production order has proved you didn’t make the calls it’s time for you to take your defence more seriously and take your defence to the next level.

Furtz
Member

Yup. I don’t know what the penalties could be if you are convicted, but a criminal record will haunt you for life. It surprises me that paralegal would even agree to defend against such a serious charge. This isn’t a parking ticket.

Mike M
Guest
I suggest.. Spoofing some calls to the private residence of the chief of Police, and to Jennifer Burke..and inserting each others phone numbers, thus according to precedence set forth here in, charges would have to be laid to each other. I believe only then will this cheap trick become noted as such and quickly brushed under the carpet..as tarnishing the credibility of citizens is utmost, foremost and overflowing with prejudice, yet when applied to themselves is unacceptable. The simple fact your name was used upon only having charges laid, and not yet proven or convicted in a court of law,… Read more »
Mike M
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The only reason it is not dropped is, The longer this carries on, the longer they have to adopt a new spin to it, or low and behold, new calls are made. Eventhough no real conviction is probable, the mud slinging, name dragging, and character damage is what counts.

BEBE REBOZZO
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Connections, connections, follow the freckles gang ? We have political hacks on the Police Service Board, we have our Mayor, the Crowns Office & some old , well connected “dudes”, so follow the connections to “DADDY” ?
Now, connect the freckles folks ? C’mon guys this is Cornwall ! lol

jules
Guest
There is no justice at all in Cornwall only JUST US and I have been saying that for years. The Barney Fife PD never lets go of anything and when they can pin something on someone even if it isn’t true they have you like a bull dog that won’t let go. Bare Ass is one of the bull dogs and I would say the chief bull dog of the bunch. I would never ever live in Cornwall ever again and so many of us have left and all my class mates from way back have left except for a… Read more »
jules
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Jamie it is all over in the US about the sham of our Ontario election and everyone everywhere blames everyone who voted for the fiberals. About your case there is no justice and only JUST US and corruption reigns high in Cornwall. I too am mighty ashamed of that town and I tell you honestly that I will never ever return there to live and that I keep my promises and even swear them on both Bibles here and on my own life. Bare Ass and his corrupted Barney Fife PD are out to get you and any good people.… Read more »
Trevor
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I’m eagerly awaiting the outcome of this farce. By the way, when is the next court date?

Hugger1
Guest

So Jules are you saying anyone who lives in Cornwall has no self respect? I disagree with that. Some of us like Cornwall, warts and all.

In regards to the election the sham is because people chose not to vote. But it’s been reported by Elections Ontario that the number of people that voted was actually up.

Francinelavallee
Guest

Well The crown attorney has protocol to follow and a job to do. Time is always a factor with the courts. Word of advice; hire a good lawyer better yet hire Mr. Jim Moak he knows the process and the ropes. Good luck and stay calm.

Carol E
Guest
Guilty until found innocent. Seems the way it goes. It happened to a few I know in the past and the police record is forever tarnished because the charges are always there now. Your record is NOT cleared if found innocent, which I find awful and humiliating at times. So anyone can charge a person and that person has to live with it for life. Do I like the police? NO WAY!!! Do I tell my children to run to them in emergency? NO WAY!!! Go see an adult you know before the police. They would be the last resort… Read more »
Furtz
Member

What Carol E says is correct re charges remaining on your record whether there is a conviction or not. The Toronto Star just did a quite a story about it a few weeks ago. Thousands of people have been rejected for employment because criminal background checks showed charges that were never proven, or even tested in court.

Brian
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@ Jules …listening to you trying to rationalize why you left such a promising city is at its best rather sad considering this is local media in a locale you’re no longer a part of. I really don’t see why you’re a part of this conversation at all unless you have some positive insight to offer. From my perspective, (and I live and pay taxes here in Cornwall) this city has more potential than any other city in Canada and I’ve lived in some of the most progressive cities out there. Given a progressive inclusive council this city will rock… Read more »
Hugger1
Guest

Excellent comments Brian. I agree 100%.

jules
Guest
Brian and Hugger Winnie got in not just over people who didn’t vote but more so because of people who did vote and saw nobody else worth voting for. Hudak is a mighty weak person and tried to pull a Mike Harris on the people and people got frightened. Well in the near future I can guarantee that something much worse off than a Mike Harris will come around from somewhere and has to turn things around whether people like it or not. All three candidates were complete losers and nobody to really choose from so they all said better… Read more »
Hugger1
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Yes Jules Wynne was elected in. But people seem to be missing my point. If more people had voted perhaps we wouldn’t have a Fiberal majority government. As for Cornwall needing changes…..yes it does. But changes take time, nothing happens overnight or in the case of cities, provinces, etc every four years. People have to want change AND be willing to vote for that change. Having voter / electorate apathy does not help. It’s a problem everywhere. Constant criticism does not help if it does not include constructive thoughts on how to go about making those changes successful. Saying we… Read more »
Furtz
Member

@ Hugger. If the Cons had almost anybody but Hudak as leader, they would have won a majority two years ago. No mater how bad the Libs have been, few people could bring themselves to vote for a weasel.

Hugger1
Guest

I sort of agree. But this province seems to have a love / hate relationship with the Fiberals.

jules
Guest
Hugger if there was a better man than Hudak (who dat) believe me I would have been out this door in a flash to the poles to vote for a conservative person. I was mighty tempted to vote for that weezle Hudak but my vote alone would not have counted for much except one vote only. The stupid PC’s should have known better than to put who dat at the leader – what a loser like his cousin McGuilty #1. It runs in families who is going to get what job since McGuilty#1’s father was an MPP. So much BS… Read more »
Hugger1
Guest

That’s what partially wrong with society now, they think their one voice doesn’t matter. Every voice matters. The more that speak up the better. Government is only as good as it’s elected representatives. There’s a saying in the IT field…..GIGO. Garbage in, garbage out. If we can’t get good qualified candidates to run for councilor, mayor, MPP or MP then the government is only as good as the people elected.

Hugger1
Guest

And this surprises you? It doesn’t surprise me. Media hardly ever treats the supposed underdog and savior well when they’re up against the king.

Hugger1
Guest

People don’t like change and will fight it. Unless they are informed they will vote for the incumbent, unless they’re a total train wreck. But even then they vote for the wrong person / party. We saw that in the provincial election. Hudak could have won the election if he had kept his million job plans and 100k PS job cuts quiet.

Hugger1
Guest

Agreed. Politics is a weird and wacky world at the best of times. The PC’s should have removed Hudak at the last PC convention under a leadership review. But they didn’t. Now they have 4 years to hopefully get someone in there that can do some damage to the Fiberals.

jules
Guest
Jamie and Hugger do you know who else said “Garbage in garbage out” look up one of my favorite comedians on youtube.com whose name is George Carlin (an American comedian) now deceased. You all have to listen to him but he comes out with very dirty words and won’t suit people with sensitive ears but he is a riot and I know that our Furtz would roll on the floor with laughter. LOL LOL. ROLF! I said it once on Jamie’s CFN site about “Garbage in garbage out” and I gave credit to George Carlin. How mighty true and right… Read more »
jules
Guest

Jamie and Hugger I have a question for you and this may sound crazy but so what I will ask it anyway. You have people running for council and let us say that Jamie didn’t get in and Bare Ass got thrown in again somehow and people didn’t want to be councellors under Bare Ass and they wanted out then what would happen if that was the case? This question might sound corny to you but in my warped mind it is serious and I want to know.

jules
Guest
Jamie I agree fully well with what you said and I too am very disappointed in what I see so far. Honestly I swear to you and everyone here that many people are more than fed up and don’t want to vote because they see the corruption in Bare Ass and want no part of it. Jamie that is exactly how I felt in the Ontario election. There was no person to choose from because everyone was the same crap. You are a breath of fresh air for Cornwall and the people are so mighty ignorant and I have been… Read more »
Hugger1
Guest

I agree Jamie. The quality of the candidates IMHO is less than ideal. Perhaps, it may be like a lot of things….people don’t want to lose. If they know certain people are running or planning on running and if they know they’ll lose to them they decide not to run.

Hugger1
Guest

See there is corruption everywhere, just more prominent in small cities as it sticks out more.

Christopher North
Guest
Great comments Jules………@ Brian,…..I do believe that people who had to leave their city because of safety issues, wrongfully put in prison for not blowing their ” Cornwall ” probation officers ..Seguin and Barque..!because they had to leave as i did…intimidation from cornwall police services …to shut me up…!….We are the first to have the right to say something about the just us system in the city and the corrupt court house , counsell’s behaviour is disgusting…!I left, my city because of its corruption and Mayor…..maybe when a young relative gets assaulted you’ll think differently…..i left because of the bullies… Read more »
Julie Bilotta
Guest
@jules there you go again on your high horse! I must say you are quite the hypocrite, after all you were so quick to comment on articles about me and police blotters where I hadn’t even been convicted of much like Jamie’s situation. After being charged with theft and then after watching surveillance cameras proving I didn’t take anything and that was 6 months ago and I’m also waiting. You had gone as far as saying that I should be sterilized and had lots of ignorant things to say about me, me being someone you’ve never even met but in… Read more »
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